Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake with Goat Cheese

This pumpkin gnocchi bake with goat cheese is vegetarian comfort food at its finest! It’s simple yet sophisticated, with creamy, tangy goat cheese and savory pumpkin sauce.

Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake with Goat Cheese

On scarcity versus abundance

We’re better together. I’ve started doing a bit more public speaking on business, creative entrepreneurship, and networking. One thing I like to discuss is Scarcity versus Abundance. The scarcity mentality is a belief that there’s a limited amount of resources (money, opportunity, recognition). In this mindset, everything becomes driven by fear. It’s difficult to be happy for other people’s success. On the other hand, the abundance mindset is that there’s enough to go around for everyone. People with this mindset see others in the same arena as friends instead of foes, and are genuinely happy for their successes.

It’s interesting, with the scarcity mentality: why is it such a natural first instinct for many humans? Perhaps because the abundance mentality flows from a deep inner sense of personal worth or security. And finding that inner security can take time to build. For me, I’ve found the easiest way to cultivate the abundance mentality is to be around other people who practice the abundance mentality.

Why we are better together

This pumpkin gnocchi bake is a recipe I brought to a potluck recently. The event was for a group a friend and I started called Indy Women in Food. We created this group under the notion: We are better together. It’s a group of women entrepreneurs working in food in the greater Indianapolis area. Instead of competing with each other, the goal of the group is to lift each other up: to encourage one another, spread the word about our achievements, and collaborate on shared passion projects. In short: it’s to practice the Abundance mentality in action. And you know what? Being around others with the Abundance mentality makes it 100% easier to mirror yourself.

The world of food blogging is another place where the Abundance mentality is part of the culture. Instead of a feeling of competition, “We are better together” is the mantra of this community. Food bloggers and influencers are some of the most generous, encouraging people I know. So it is only fitting that this pumpkin gnocchi bake was created for a virtual party with dozens of other food blogs to celebrate fall. Or really, to celebrate pumpkin recipes! It’s a Virtual Pumpkin Party hosted by Sara from Cake Over Steak, who I’d nominate as an incredible practicer of the abundance mentality. (In particular she’s been an encourager of our podcast from the beginning, which has been a huge support to us.) Sara has organized over 90 blogs to post pumpkin recipes on the same day. To see the entire list of pumpkin recipes, head to the  Virtual Pumpkin Party page.

Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake with Goat Cheese

How to make this pumpkin gnocchi bake

Sometimes you stumble upon things that are accidentally better than you bargained. This pumpkin gnocchi bake turned out better than I was hoping. Of course, Alex and I stand behind all of the recipes we post in this space, but this one has become a favorite. Gooey gnocchi drenched in savory pumpkin sauce with creamy pockets of goat cheese is like a cozy fall hug. We’ve made it quite a few times already, and I find myself sneaking bites from the pan after I think I’m done. We hope you’ll find it as tasty and cozy as we do. And if you’re looking for more pumpkin recipes, here are 93 more. Because we are better together.

Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake with Goat Cheese

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This pumpkin gnocchi bake is vegetarian. For gluten-free, find gluten-free gnocchi.

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Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake with Goat Cheese

1 Star (3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian


This pumpkin gnocchi bake is vegetarian comfort food at its finest! It’s simple yet sophisticated, with creamy, tangy goat cheese and savory pumpkin sauce.


  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin purée
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 16-ounce package gnocchi, plain or whole wheat
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 teaspoons fresh sage, thinly sliced (about 5 medium leaves)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Mince the garlic. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat; add the garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, or just until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.
  3. Carefully add the pumpkin purée and broth to the skillet and stir to fully combine. Add the chili powder, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and several grinds of black pepper. Cover and bring it to a high simmer, bubbling constantly. then cook for 10 to 15 minutes until thickened. Once thickened, place 1/2 cup of the sauce in a small bowl and mix it with the Greek yogurt, then add the mixture back to the pan and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired.
  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the gnocchi and boil until the gnocchi float, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain in a colander.
  5. Place the gnocchi and finished sauce in a 9 x 9″ baking dish. Top with dollops of goat cheese and sliced sage. Bake 15 minutes until bubbly.

Keywords: Pumpkin Sauce, Gnocchi, Gnocchi Bake, Pasta, Vegetarian, Pumpkin Recipes, Comfort Food, Pumpkin Gnocchi Bake


About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.


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    Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek
    October 23, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Loving the “we are better together” mantra here. Also, this gnocchi looks amazing! Can’t wait to try all of these pumpkin recipes :) Happy #virtualpumpkinparty xoxo

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Kelsey! Happy pumpkin party to you: your recipe looks scrumptious!

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    October 23, 2017 at 9:11 am

    “A cozy fall hug” involving pumpkin and goat cheese must be a delicious hug! Happy #VirtualPumpkinParty. This world can use as much positive abundance as we can generate. :)

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Haha, a delicious hug indeed! Thanks so much, Wendy!

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    Madeline Hall
    October 23, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I love this so much – the abundance mentality is something all bloggers/influencers should embrace and live out! Also this gnocchi speaks my love language. Gnocchi + pumpkin + goat cheese! Need to try.

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      YES, abundance is so much easier practiced in community, so that makes perfect sense! Thanks for the kind words :)

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    Tamara Andersen
    October 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I love this post! I have loved the community of food bloggers – the encouragement and support I feel there. Now I know it has a name. “Abundance mentality” is perfect! I am dying to try this Pumpkin Goat Cheese Baked Gnocchi! Such a great combination of ingredients and flavors! Happy #virtualpumpkinparty!

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      YES having a name for the mentality is so helpful: and especially to call out the scarcity mentality if it happens to jump in there too (for me)! Thank you for the kind words!

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    October 23, 2017 at 9:47 am

    A resounding YES to everything about this post. We are all better when we can band together and support each other with the abundance mentality. I can only speak for myself, but when I get down, I can get sucked back into the scarcity mentality–thinking I don’t deserve a proverbial piece of the pie or only seeing what others have and not all I am blessed with. When we’re together, we can remind each of our abundances starting with the simple and concrete abundance of friends. When this can be done with a pan of bubbling, pumpkiny, goat cheesey gnocchi, it becomes a celebration and a mental and emotional reset.

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! A few other commenters have agreed: it’s easy to get sucked back into the scarcity mentality now and then. But for me, having terms to label these mindsets has been SO helpful: it makes coming back to abundance easier. And I love your last sentence here, so, so perfect :)

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    October 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I was actually talking to my boyfriend recently about something very similar to this, in relation to today’s political climate. I feel like many “status quo” Americans are afraid that if people who have been traditionally marginalized succeed, then it will be an opportunity “missed” for them. But America isn’t a pizza – one slice for someone else doesn’t mean one less slice that you can have. America is full of ENDLESS opportunities and chances to succeed! In any case, I will definitely be reading more about the scarcity vs. abundance mindset… I love learning about new, positive ways to think about things :)

    Also – these baked gnocchi look TO DIE FOR. I love the pumpkin/goat cheese/sage combination too. Cheers!

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      I LOVE this, especially “America isn’t a pizza — America is full of ENDLESS opportunities and chances to succeed!” YES and yes. Thank you for your passion about this topic and kind words!

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    October 23, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for this sweet contribution to the pumpkin party. I LOVE your message here. I definitely believe in the “abundance” mentality. I wonder if it stems from being involved in group sports and clubs/organizations since I was little. I love the feeling of community and it’s part of what I love about the food blogging world so much. And this gnocchi dish sounds amazing!!! Thank you so much. xoxo

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Thank YOU for organizing everything: it’s a joy to be a part of it! Sending hugs.

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    Kym Grimshaw
    October 24, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Oh this looks wonderfully comforting! I love the sound of your regular meetups too, it’s so important to encourage those in our community, I don’t believe we get anywhere by competing against one and other. Xx

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Kym! And luckily in this day and age there are more ways than ever to connect to the power of community. Thanks for the note!

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    October 24, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Loved reading this post!
    Pumpkin gnocchi have been on my list for sooo long, and seeing your recipe, may have given me the kick I needed to just go and make some! They look fantastic!

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks, Anna! This recipe is actually “plain” gnocchi with a pumpkin sauce — but gnocchi made out of pumpkin sounds incredible and something I need to try!

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    October 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    This looks amazing… quick question though: do you think I could sub the goat cheese for (fresh) mozzarella? I have a picky eater…

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      October 24, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Great idea, Kathrin! We’ve had a few other people tell us they preferred substituting the cheese. Fresh mozzerella would be great; I’d recommend putting a little kosher salt on each dollop as I find it can sometimes be blander than expected (you can taste a tiny bit to see what you think!). We’ve also had a reader use ricotta dollops that are mixed with salt & pepper before dolloping. Let us know if you try it!

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    October 24, 2017 at 11:36 am

    There is such freedom found in truly being able to rejoice with others and celebrate successes together. Love your summary of the scarcity and abundance mindsets. Such a cozy bake here and one that I imagine would be just delicious with a variety of squash purees.

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:22 pm

      YES about celebrating successes together, and it’s modeled so well in the food community (at least the lovely people I’m honored to spend time with, like you!). Thanks for the kind words!

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    Meg | Meg is Well
    October 27, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Even though I’ve never heard of those concepts before, the abundance mentality is how I try to look at the world all the time. Of course, there are those times when I respond in fear or frustration to the scarcity mentality, but positive experiences or interactions with amazing people (like in this virtual party), always bring me back to my abundance mentality. This gnocchi casserole has to be the most comforting dish ever, it looks amazing!

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Oh I’m so glad to hear that the abundance mentality is natural for you (though of course, it’s easy to slip up at times as you mentioned)! I checked out your dish too and it looks delicious! Happy pumpkin party!

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    October 27, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    sooo im planning on making this tomorrow but where i live we dont have canned pumpkin puree.. can i just bake fresh pumpkin and then blend it up

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      You can absolutely substitute blended pumpkin! One 15-ounce can equals just about 2 cups of puree.

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    October 29, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Fab post! I like that you talked about the scarcity and abundance mentality. Something I’m continually working on. Thanks for the encouragement!! :-)

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      It’s a mindset that requires constant maintenance, right? Thank YOU right back!

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    October 30, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Yes yes yes to everything you have said here. I’ve been hearing those terms abundance and scarcity thrown around a lot lately and it is one thing to say it and another to practice it. You are so right about this food blogging community, I think we can provide a beautiful example of loving abundance, especially through these fun virtual potlucks! Your contribution sounds absolutely heavenly- I looove the goat cheese + pumpkin combo. Can’t wait to try it <3

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      November 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Exactly! The easiest way I’ve found to practice abundance is to be around others who practice it too! Thank you for your kind comment and being part of the fun!

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    Hannah Locke
    October 30, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    We made this tonight when we had company over. Everyone loved it- even my notoriously picky 6 year old. We will definitely make this again. You didn’t even comment in the post on how easy this is to make. It’s super quick to whip up, and almost NO chopping, which is my ultimate lazy meal criteria :)

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      October 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Haha THANK YOU so much, that’s a good point! I should have mentioned that it’s pretty simple to make too! I’m so, so happy that company AND your 6 year old loved it: the true test for a recipe! Thank you for letting us know!

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    November 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

    this looks amazing! I have ideas for vegan-izing the goat cheese, but unsure what would be best substitute for the greek yogurt. any help is appreciated!

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      November 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Cashew cream would work perfectly in this case! Here’s how we make it: simply soak cashews and then blend with water or broth! https://www.acouplecooks.com/creamy-vegan-pasta-marinara/ What are you thinking for the goat cheese?

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        November 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        Ohh good idea! Going to use whipped almond ricotta with some herbs in it (From minimalist baker) for the goat cheese alternate. Can’t wait to try this recipe this week!

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          November 5, 2017 at 7:48 pm

          That sounds great! Let us know how it works out; we could include your subs as some vegan ideas in the recipe.

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    November 7, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    sooo we just finished devouring this.. it amazing!! i subbed mozzarella for the goat cheese and we loved it. i think next time ill try the original goat cheese (at least for half the pan.. the mozzarella was really yummy too) Thanks for the new staple 😁

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    November 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Such a great post, Sonja! The 7 habits book is on my bookshelf and I’ve never read it! I definitely will now. Also, made this for dinner and LOVED it. Just the right spice level. I made balsamic Brussels sprouts on the side which went really well with it. Thanks for sharing!

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      November 22, 2017 at 9:18 am

      Oh SO glad you enjoyed this one! Thank you for making it. And yes, 7 habits is absolutely worth the read!

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    June 14, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    This turned out really good! I added some Italian sausage, which I cut up and browned before baking.

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